amenity

noun

ame·​ni·​ty ə-ˈme-nə-tē How to pronounce amenity (audio) -ˈmē- How to pronounce amenity (audio)
plural amenities
1
: something that helps to provide comfort, convenience, or enjoyment
hotels with modern amenities
providing residents with the basic amenities
2
usually amenities : something (such as a conventional social gesture) that promotes smoothness or pleasantness in social relationships
maintaining social amenities
3
a
: the quality of being pleasant or agreeable
b(1)
: the attractiveness and value of real estate or of a residential structure
(2)
: a feature conducive to such attractiveness and value

Examples of amenity in a Sentence

The hotel has every amenity you could want. an unhappy, bickering couple who, at least in public, observe all the amenities of polite behavior
Recent Examples on the Web Outside, amenities include a spa area, pool house with a wet bar, infrared sauna, steam room, and guest suite – which can also serve as a separate gym. Raven Brunner, Peoplemag, 22 May 2024 Glitzy amenities include a duo of staircases and an elevator, as well as a wine cellar, a gym, a movie theater, and a spa bath sporting a sauna and massage and steam rooms. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 22 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for amenity 

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English amenite, from Latin amoenitat-, amoenitas, from amoenus pleasant

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

Time Traveler
The first known use of amenity was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Amenity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amenity. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

amenity

noun
ame·​ni·​ty ə-ˈmen-ət-ē How to pronounce amenity (audio) -ˈmē-nət- How to pronounce amenity (audio)
plural amenities
1
: the quality of being pleasant or agreeable
2
: something (as good manners or household appliances) that makes life easier or more pleasant
usually used in plural

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